(Video) Punchbot robot to keep an eye on workers for supervisors


What if a job site supervisor could be everywhere at once, providing workers with the information they need instantly, with the tap of a button?

With Punchbot, that just might become a reality.

Created at the latest Architecture Construction Engineering (AEC) Hackathon event in New York, Punchbot is made possible using a Double, a Segway-like robot that carts around an iPad for roving video calls, and integration with FieldLens, a jobsite collaboration app.

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The idea is that workers would be able to call up their supervisor using the FieldLens app. The robot would rove over to the worker who would then be able to have a virtual face-to-face conversation over the video call, even allowing the supervisor to follow the worker around.

There are several Hackathon events each year, each inviting developers in the AEC industry to get together and see what they can create over a weekend. The next event is in Chicago from March 6-8 and you can see an overview of the New York event below.

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Editor’s Note: Wayne Grayson is the online editor for sister magazine Equipment World

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